I had fun trying to compose this picture while also playing with a lonely cat that was rubbing on my legs.
This is a mock touristic poster, like the ones that were frequently found in Greece in the '80s or '90s:)
The landmarks of Ayia Marina (that I'm afraid are too familiar to you by now) -the Castle, the windmill, the harbour- are seen from a new point of view that I owe to Neyvan (npecanhuk)! Neyvan suggested in his comment on one of my previous pictures ("spring") that I tried a point of view a little to the left. Since that wasn't possible at that vantage point, I tried the balcony of an old mansion about 40m away.
The ground floor of the mansion is divided in three appartments and the one looking to the sea is also used as a dermatologist's clinic. This balcony must be one of the most rewarding on Leros. The bust stands on one of its corners.
To make my mock poster more effective, I'll call the girl Artemis (Diana) as Leros in ancient times was dedicated to the goddess of moon and hunting. Leros is still called in touristic advertisements "the island of Artemis".
In the WORKSHOP a wider view from thus lovely balcony.
Thank you for visiting
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Sergiom (73496) 2014-04-16 4:56
C'est très vrai que la vue de ce balcon est rien de moins qu'extraordinaire. C'est le genre de vue que je recherche quand je loue une maison à l'étranger. La reproduction des cartes postales des années 80 est très bien faite.
lousat (87202) 2014-04-16 5:05
Ciao Ourania,una composizione davvero originale,anche se avrei dato un leggero colpo di flash per illuminare la statua che e' un po' scura rispetto allo sfondo,ottima scelta compositiva con grandi dettagli e colori,bellissima la vista totale nel WS.Buona serata e complimenti,Luciano
carlo62 (43605) 2014-04-16 5:16
sono belle tutte e due le varianti, questa sicuramente più originale.
Sembra che questo luogo abbia infinite varianti e ognuna più bella dell'altra.
Il suo nome lo collego a Artemisia Gentileschi, bravissina pittrice, che non avrebbe saputo dipingere meglio questo paesaggio.
ikeharel (67245) 2014-04-16 6:59
Must say that the WS photo is more rewarding photography-wise, to my humble opinion: the view is generating length from the balcony railing's, and the seascape has a wider scope.
Yet, you managed to bring me smiling after compering the two, I grasp your fun idea.
"Discovered" a fabulous POV, take more from this balcony, it sure offers "rewarding" sight as you had written. "Diana" always a beautiful lady...
holmertz (49004) 2014-04-16 8:29
The landmarks of Ayia Marina are certainly very familiar to us by now, but they could never get too familiar ;.). You may call this a mock touristic poster, but I admit I would probably have been tempted to make this composition if I had seen the opportunity. It just surprises me that you didn't already take this photo long ago. It's really an excellent composition.
dkmurphys (55933) 2014-04-16 9:27
Beautiful composition to illustrate the title. Wonderful place, well taken scene.
Silvio1953 (136797) 2014-04-16 11:38
Ciao Ourania, gran bella con la statua in primo piano, magnifico panorama, una delizia il mulino a vento, brava, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13846) 2014-04-16 16:47
Now this is a great way to get a"head" in your photography. O.K., poor excuse for comedy...not every attempt works. :)
I really like this however, that large presence makes for instant impact. Even though it's your most recent post, when I opened up your gallery, my eyes were fixed on this one...impossible to miss, and that's a good thing in this case.
She adds quite a unique twist to this scene, a complete contrast of elements. While the WS is more traditional per se, this statue takes over the frame, but not so much that it's a problem...more of an unusually intriguing balance. I'm quite enjoying the originality of having such a dominant object in this setting, a novel approach indeed. Now, if only she had a body that could get up and move when you needed her to! :) Enjoy the new day. All the best.
fabbs99 (17129) 2014-04-16 21:56
Excellent composition of the sculpture by the sea.Very well composed photo of the famous piece of art with excellent vivid colors and tone. TFS.
dip (23888) 2014-04-17 3:21
Γεια σου Ουρανία,
πράγματι η φωτογραφία σου θυμίζει αφίσα σε ταξιδιωτικό γραφείο της δεκαετίας του 80.
Το μέρος είναι πολύ ωραίο με τον μύλο,που σχεδόν βρέχεται απ το κύμα,να είναι μία πολύ όμορφη λεπτομέρεια στη σύνθεση.
σου εύχομαι καλή Ανάσταση και καλό Πάσχα,
jhm (148772) 2014-04-17 3:22
Maybe was the cat a good inspiration source for to make these picture.
It's certainly an artwork, Artemis /ˈɑrtɨmɨs/ was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities!
Also your panorama view makes these picture very nice.
Also thee mountains in background are pleasant to look at.
Very well composition, TFS.
Cricri (115557) 2014-04-18 5:18
C'est superbe , l'on dirait que la statue a été rajouter!! puis le WS qui en démontre le fait, c'est bien vu et vraiment bien réaliser
COSTANTINO (62697) 2014-04-18 6:59
Hello my dear Ourania
its a dreamy shot with the windmill
in the centre of the photo and the
sculpture in the foreground
the title explains everything
have a nice evening
pajaran (57989) 2014-04-18 14:07
Interesantan tekst o palati sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na bistu i palatu ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana skulptura i arhitektura, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepa arhitektura, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article on the palace with a description ...
Nice view of the statue and the palace ...
Good picture, contrast and perspective, well demonstrated sculpture and architecture, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, beautiful architecture, beautiful pictures in the workshop.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
bukitgolfb301 (39676) 2014-04-19 6:59
Hi dear Ourania, how are you?
Sorry for mu long no contact with you, I regret.
Ya very eye-catching image at all via great combination. Perfect framework and composition are as usual as wonderful.
All the best and have a good wekend! Takero
ricardomattos (6145) 2014-04-19 11:25
Beautiful view and a well done work with this sculpture on the FG. Colors, lights and sharpness are very atractive here. Kisses to the cat !
P.S.: Lovely the WS too !
Corry (4508) 2014-04-19 14:48
Superbe vue depuis ce balcon. Bonne idée d'avoir utilisé ce buste comme avant plan. Bien fait.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-20 22:40
Ουρανία, ειμαι σίγουρη οτι πέρασες πολύ ομορφα δημιουργώντας αυτην ομορφη εικόνα γιατι ο αυτοσχεδιαμσός και η πρωτοτυπία ειναι στοιχεία του καλλιτεχνικού σου οιστρου και αυτο φαίνεται με τον τρόπο που παρουσιάζεις ολες σου τις φωτογραφίες.
Το σημείο που τίς τραβάς, τα στοιχεία που περιλαμβάνεις στίς συνθέσεις σου κάνουν το αποτέλεσμα πάντα ελκυστικο και πέρα για πέρα εντυπωσιακό.
Μου αρέσει πολύ η εικόνα σου και η σημείωση που την συνοδεύει!!
καλη σου μέρα
subhendu_bagchi (26085) 2014-04-21 4:22
An interesting frame here , where you presented the sea with its beautiful neighbouring mountain. The positioning of the sculpture at FG added a lot to it. Great shot. TFS.
abmdsudi (50554) 2014-04-23 20:59
You have placed the statue - a key feature in an ideal location against a scenic background for more contrast, impact and link. Love the clarity and tone exposing the intricate details really well, A fine effort and tfs.
fritzi007 (10401) 2014-04-28 12:24
fantastisches Foto und sehr gute Info, gratuliere!
Wünsch dir eine gute Nacht
mcmtanyel (19759) 2014-05-09 22:05
I am impressed by the DOF and the light management in this photo. Lovely view! The workshop photo is also excellent, congratulations. It sounds like many places lay claim to Artemis.
adores (43903) 2014-05-21 16:13
The statue looks much bigger than it really is and I like the way you framed it, like if it's looking to the marina. I like the light and the windmill there. Well seen, you surely got a different photo of a famous place.